Myth vs Reality: Star Types

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 This short video addresses the misconception that stars are all the same.


Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Winter Circle star field image created with Stellarium
·       Omega Centauri ground-based image courtesy of F. Lehman (South Florida Dark Sky Observers)
·       Photo of night sky at twilight courtesy of ESO/H. H. Heyer
·       Milky Way star field photo courtesy of ESO/C. Malin
·       Orion Nebula 3D animation courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser
·       Star formation animation courtesy of NCSA/NASA/A. Kritsuk and M. Norman (UC San Diego) and A. Boley (Univ. of Florida)
·       Photo of the Milky Way over the Austrian Alps copyright Babak A. Tafreshi (TWAN)
Written by Vanessa Thomas
Designed by John Godfrey



 Top left, a black and white picture of a minotaur. Top right, a color picture of stars. 

Text, MYTH versus REALITY 

Myth side 

Text, Stars are all the same. 

Reality side 

Text, There are a wide variety of stars in the universe, from red dwarfs to blue supergiants. They have different colors, temperatures, compositions, ages, masses, and sizes.